I have only encountered a few dietary supplements that I would care to share with people.  I don’t push them on my clients.  I have only represented one of them as a distributor, mainly for the purpose of enjoying a distributor discount on the product from the manufacturer.

The first is Juice Plus, which my wife and I subscribed to and have used since December 1998.

The second is Elysium Basis which my wife and I have subscribed to and been using since February, 2015.  In the nearly there years that we have be using Basis, the main change since then in our well-being has been a noticeable increase in our available energy and endurance.  That is the main selling point of the product.  Here is what the manufacturer says about it.

The Science of NAD+, Explained

The coenzyme NAD+ has been called “the golden nucleotide” by one scientist, and the “linchpin of energy metabolism” by Scientific American. It’s the subject of countless preclinical studies indicating that increasing NAD+ levels in lower organisms may have a variety of positive effects on health. We’re especially interested in NAD+ at Elysium: We’ve demonstrated that our first product, Basis, increases NAD+ levels in humans, and we’re working on research to better understand how the gut microbiome affects systemic levels of NAD+. If you’re new to the science of NAD+, here are a few facts to get you started.

NAD+ is a coenzyme found in all living cells.

Coenzymes are colloquially referred to as “helper molecules” because proteins  —  large molecules made of amino acids that do the important biological work in the body  —  require them to do their work. (And they’re called coenzymes because most proteins are enzymes.) If you think of a car as a protein, getting you from place to place so you can go about your life, the gas (or battery if you have a Tesla) is the coenzyme, without which driving is impossible.

But gas (or batteries) can also be used to power any number of other things, from yachts to spacecraft. So too with NAD+, whose chief role is transferring electrons in redox reactions, including oxidative phosphorylation, otherwise known as the metabolic process our body uses to turn food into energy.

Nobel Prize-winning scientists discovered NAD+ more than 100 years ago.

NAD+ was first discovered by Arthur Harden and William John Young in 1906. In 1929, Harden and Hans von Euler-Chelpin won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for their work on fermentation. They determined that fermentation required the presence of an enzyme (“zymase,” actually a mixture of enzymes) and a coenzyme which they called “cozymase,” now known as NAD+.

Euler-Chelpin further identified the structure of NAD+, which is made of two nucleotides, the building blocks for nucleic acids (the same thing DNA is made of). The role of NAD+ in fermentation, a metabolic process, foreshadowed the critical role that NAD+ plays in metabolic processes in humans.

The science of NAD+ is evolving as more research emerges.

Several important discoveries about NAD+ followed the 1929 Nobel Prize. The most recent discovery happened at MIT, when Dr. Leonard Guarente, founder of Elysium, and Dr. Shin-ichiro Imai observed that sirtuins  —  a family of proteins that have been shown in the laboratory setting to be influential in impacting healthspan  —  only function in the presence of NAD+. (Reminder: Sirtuins are the proteins that do biological work; NAD+ is the coenzyme that allows that work to happen.)

So why are scientists excited? An increasingly detailed picture of NAD+ shows its many functions, from energy creation, to sirtuin activity, to a wide range of other enzymatic activities including mitochondrial function, chromosomal integrity, gene expression, epigenetic and posttranslational modifications, and calcium signaling.

Learn How Basis Increases NAD+   

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Juice Plus

I have only encountered a few dietary supplements that I would care to share with people.  I don’t push them on my clients.  I have only represented one of them as a distributor, mainly for the purpose of enjoying a distributor discount on the product from the manufacturer.  Once you read this article, if you are inspired, you may visit my web presence for Juice Plus, and even order some, if you wish.

I have been using the Juice Plus fruit and vegetable supplement since 1998.  I was first introduced to it by Dr. Soram Khalsa when he gave a lecture at his office on oxidative stress.  His presentation referenced a vast body of knowledge that links oxidative stress to a large number of degenerative diseases, including cancer.  Oxidative stress is the phenomenon of the body’s producing chemicals,  known as free radicals, which are highly reactive agents that readily combine with other compounds resulting in carcinogens and other toxic byproducts that contribute directly to the onset of these degenerative diseases.

Oxidative stress itself is a natural process that is the byproduct of physical stress in the body, which can occur in many forms, such as nervous stress, physical exercise, environmental pollution, lack of sleep and bad diet.  While oxidative stress is present in our lives, the formation and recombination of the free radicals into toxic substances can be largely averted.  That fact is the motivation for all of the talk you hear about antioxidants and their beneficial effects when introduced into your diet.

What the research also has shown is that a very potent source of antioxidants is simply the consumption of adequate amounts of fresh vegetables and fruits.  The antioxidants in those foods can minimize the impact of oxidative stress and the presence of the overly reactive free radicals in the body.

There are many products whose advertisers tout as having high levels of antioxidants.  Perhaps not all of them are equal, and some may better or more effective than others.  However, the research shows that the adequate consumption of fresh vegetables and fruits is sufficient to maintain health and avoid many degenerative diseases.  In fact there is a vast number of antioxidant compounds that exist in these foods, known as phytochemicals, that do not naturally occur elsewhere nor have even been identified, let alone synthesized in a laboratory.  They were made in nature’s laboratory.

This is the conclusion that researchers used as the basis for developing Juice Plus.  They tested the idea that vegetables and fruits could be juiced, then dried slowly and packaged to deliver their essential nutrients, including the antioxidants and other phytochemicals, to the body and be metabolized to the same degree as their fresh counterparts.  Research on this question has proved that the bulk of these nutrients are delivered unchanged in their juiced and dried form.  The body responds similarly as to the fresh versions of the food.

It was these arguments that prompted me to try Juice Plus.  I started in 1998.  At that time I was in my late 40’s.  I was actively training in the martial art Aikido and had just earned a Shodan degree. The dojo where I was training was full of much younger people, many in their 20’s.  We trained very hard and at my age I had to try very hard to keep up with them.  I had tried some various supplements to give me energy, stamina, etc.  It wasn’t easy.

I have to report that when I began taking the Juice Plus, my energy and endurance increased dramatically.  Those youngsters had to keep up with me!

The other thing that I noticed was that I began sleeping more soundly.  I felt more refreshed in the morning.  I decided that I would keep using the supplement into my old age.  I’m not sure when I might get old, but I am still with the program.  It’s even better for old people.

I encourage you to give it a try.  The minimum trial amount is a four month supply for one person with a normal dose.  That amounts to about $1.50 per day.  Their studies have shown that this is the minimum time over which cells are replaced and repaired and a significant impact can be experienced.   If you are still reading, you can check it out at my Juice Plus page.


Banana Fast

I did this fast many times..  It has many excellent effects.

  • Super increased flexibility in the body, particularly the joints
  • Expansive meditative space, allowing you go go into very deep trance
  • Profoundly stimulates intuition
  • I lost about 20 lbs each time I did the diet

and some side effects

  • It puts some stress on the heart, particularly if you have a very strenuous exercise schedule. Maybe take it easy a little during the fast.
  • I did not keep off the weight for very long.

This diet removes drug deposits from the medulla. It must be started on the day of the New Moon and continued for 14 days until the Full Moon. It is intended to build up worn tissues and adjust the iron, sodium,and potassium factors in the body. This diet takes away the sodium and replaces calcium.

Breakfast: 1 cup freshly squeezed orange juice with the pulp left in, and sweetened with honey. After 1 hour, eat 3 (yes, three bananas). Chew thoroughly, this is very important, and be sure to eat the strings of white which cling to the banana. Immediately after the bananas eat the contents of one whole cardamom pod. The cardamom turns the bananas into liquid and changes the effect of the bananas on the digestive system.

Lunch: 3 bananas followed by one whole cardamom pod.

Dinner: 3 bananas followed by one whole cardamom pod. This diet has its side effects, so be prepared: Yon may feel weak from the lack of customary nervous stimulus. In that case take more orange juice and honey during the day. If constipation is the problem, increase the cardamom pods to a maximum of 3 at a time. Also drink large amounts of hot water periodically. Yogi Tea may be taken along with mis diet You may find yourself feeling excessively emotional and short tempered. If you have a severe reaction to the diet, then discontinue (break the fast according to the following instructions, however, and try it again when your system has undergone more preliminary purification.)  The Banana Fast is not recommended for people who have had no previous cleansing purification diets.

After the 14 days of bananas, on the 15th day of the moon, you should take lemon juice in warm water with honey. Then for the next 28 days, you should go on Mung Beans and Rice Diet.  This diet is for the kidneys and higher meditation.

The proportions of mung beans to rice is slightly different when you are taking it as part of the Banana Fast, and therefore you should follow the recipe as given here:

  • Cook 1 part mung beans to 2 parts rice and about 10 parts of water (it is essential to use adequate amounts of water so that the final product is “soupy” and not solid.)
  • Green vegetables should be cooked right in with the mung beans, and rice (green pepper, broccoli, string beans, zucchii \ etc.)
  • Turmeric and fresh mint leaves must be cooked in the mug beans and rice (dried: mint may be used if necessary.)
  • Any fresh fruit may be taken to supplement the diet, and of course Yogi Tea.
  • No dairy products for these 28 days.
  • (Note for Women: with this fast the menstrual period may come 2 weeks early, but with minimum food intake the discomfort should be slight)